Koffee Klatch is Back!

Ladies, Koffee Klatch is returning at the beginning of September!! Mark your calendars and call your friends. Join other ladies for a time of fellowship & Bible study. For more questions, call 301.739.1165.

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Missions Team Lends a Helping Hand at The Hope Center

A missions team from Rochester, New York spent a day working at The Hope Center as a part of their youth group’s summer missions trip with Wonder Voyage.

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On July 23rd, the missions team spent the day serving at The Hope Center. Upon arrival in the morning, the group spent a little time learning about the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center before starting their day of service.

 

The team was broken into two groups: one group stayed in the Trinity Center, our multipurpose building on property, to help with different projects, and the other group went to our outdoor camp area outside of Hagerstown.

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The missions team worked from 9am until 2pm doing various projects like painting backdrops, preparing Camp Wild manuals, and some physical labor preparing for the next two weeks of Camp Wild.

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After the morning work session, the group came back together to eat lunch with our residents. They had the opportunity to talk & mingle with the guys in the program and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by our kitchen crew.

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We are very thankful to Wonder Voyage for arranging this missions team to help at The Hope Center. They were a great service to the staff of Camp Wild and they helped get a lot of necessary tasks finished before the last weeks of camp.

Wonder Voyage is a ministry that helps to get churches and youth groups to various missions opportunities or pilgrimages worldwide. To learn more about missions trip and pilgrimages hosted by Wonder Voyage, go to http://www.wondervoyage.com.

Volunteers Needed!

We’re always looking for volunteers to help in various ways around The Hope Center. And there are many different areas for volunteers to help. But currently we’re looking for some volunteers to help us in a few specific areas.

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For more info about all the various volunteer opportunities, please visit http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com. To keep up-to-date on urgent volunteer needs, click the “Urgent Needs” button on the top tool bar on the website. To browse other volunteer options at The Hope Center click on the “Opportunities” button on the same tool bar.

Currently, we are looking for volunteers to help run our check-in office, drive our residents to various appointments, and help with various maintenance projects at our facilities.

Listed is a brief description of each urgent volunteer need:

Check-in Office

  • 2 hour increments
  • Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm
  • Duties include monitoring residents and guests entering/exiting residential building, answering check-in office phone, and interacting with residents & guests.

Appointment Escort

  • Appointments scheduled Monday – Friday between 8am & 4pm only
  • Volunteers will be given 2 weeks notice of appointment times
  • Good driving record needed
  • Duties include driving residents to and from various appointments.

Maintenance

  • Monday – Friday with possibility of projects on Saturday
  • Projects only from 8am – 5pm
  • Various projects could include painting, carpentry, small repair, and building upkeep.

If you’re interested, or know of someone who may be perfect for this volunteer job, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@Verizon.net or go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

Nurses Bring Hope to the Community

As we all know, nurses are caring individuals. They help make visiting the doctor, preparing for medical procedures, and overnights at the hospital a little less frightening.
Recently, some area nurses showed us just how loving & caring they truly are.
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 On June 19th, some nurses from Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown visited The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission. Our visitors are registered nurses working on their BSN degree.
They are all students in a class about community support agencies and their professor, Barbara Friend, R.N., PhDc from Notre Dame of Maryland University, recommended they visit The Hope Center and learn about the various community outreach programs that take place at our facility.
The students were given a tour by Executive Director Sonny Shank, who took them all over our facilities and spent some time with the nurses going over all the programs and services we offer free to the community.
For a majority of the nurses, this was their very first time seeing and learning about the many things The Hope Center does in the community. Our new friends left the tour with a better understanding of The Hope Center and the constant work we do reaching the community.
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 As a result of their visit, the nurses organized a food drive and also requested cash donations from co-workers at Meritus.
In early July they presented The Hope Center with 750 pounds of non-perishable food and a very generous cash gift.
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We are so thankful for these wonderful nurses who, not only help to care for us and our community at their offices, but also want to help feed and care for those in our community who are struggling in other ways.
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Their food and financial donations will help to reach hundreds of thousands of people, including children, families, men addicted to various substances, the hungry and homeless.
It’s a great feeling to know that we have a nursing and medical staff in our area who truly care about helping others.
Thank you Barbara Friend, nurses, and the rest of the staff at Meritus who donated much needed resources for us to continue to provide many basic needs for free to our community.

Germantown Church of God Hosts a Delicious Picnic!

Since 2005, one special Sunday evening in June the residents and staff at The Hope Center are invited to an evening of food, fellowship & worship from our good friends at Germantown Bethel Church of God in Cascade, MD.

The annual event is a chance for the members of the church to meet and mingle with the residents and staff at The Hope Center and to learn more about how the church’s continued support is helping change lives and reach people for Christ in Hagerstown.

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The evening begins with a delicious picnic full of wonderful foods prepared and provided by the church families in attendance. This year, though, was a wee bit different.

Usually there are hamburgers and hot dogs served at the picnic but this year the church did something a little unexpected and had a delicious pig roast! The pig was prepared by Ed and Margaret Baker of Sabillasville, MD.

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Following the food, everyone gathers together for the evening service hosted by The Hope Center. The service included songs and testimonies from the men. The service is also a time for the church members to hear about all the work that God is doing at The Hope Center and receive an inspiring message to challenge everyone in attendance.

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Germantown Church of God has been partnering, supporting and helping in various ways at The Hope Center for many, many years. In fact, Germantown has been involved with The Hope Center since at least the spring of 1956!

We are so thankful for the lifelong commitment the people of Germantown Church of God have made to this ministry! They understand the importance of the work done at The Hope Center and they take an active part following God’s command to reach all people for Christ.

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And we really appreciate the yearly invitation for our residents and staff to get to know and see the faces of the people who help to make this ministry possible. We want to give a big “thank you” to Pastor Mark Hosler and his wife, Sue, for always being such wonderful hosts, faithful supporters, and for promoting God’s work here at The Hope Center to their church family.

Thank you, Germantown Church of God, for your support and friendship through the years!

If you would like to know more about Germantown Church of God, please visit http://www.germantowncog.org or call 301.241.3050.

There’s Always a New Adventure at Camp Wild

The second week of Camp Wild is coming to an end. And even though we had a couple days of rainy weather, the kids have been having a blast this week!

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A little rain didn’t stop anyone from having fun, but because of the rain campers stayed indoors at the Trinity Center in the afternoon on Monday and Tuesday.

 

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They spent the afternoons playing games, enjoying free time to shoot hoops, and making art projects.

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But since the campers couldn’t enjoy all the various outdoor activities the first two days of camp, for Wednesday, Camp Wild planned to do something they’ve never done before.

Yesterday the kids were able to spend the entire day at our outdoor camp facility!

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The kids were thrilled to enjoy the morning and afternoon exploring, discovering, and playing outside. In addition to free time, the campers also experienced attractions like the Tiger Trail, Snake Charmer and Life Cycles.

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For lunch, the campers enjoyed having a “picnic” with chips, drinks, snacks, and delicious Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches!

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The staff at Camp Wild work hard to make each day special and fun for the campers. Even when the weather makes it difficult, our staff doesn’t miss a beat keeping the kids engaged and entertained.

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We’re so thankful for everyone who has been helping to make Camp Wild successful. They pour their heart into this ministry and work hard to create a fun, adventurous atmosphere for each camper. They work hard at Camp Wild because each one sees the value of each camper and understands the importance of reaching these kids for Christ! Thank you, Camp Wild staff & volunteers, for all you do to show Jesus to these precious campers.

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And we want to thank Chick-Fil-A for sponsoring those absolutely delicious chicken sandwiches for our campers each week! It’s a special treat for the kids, and the counselors too!

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There is still some space left for the last two weeks of Camp Wild on July 28-August 1 and August 4-8. While transportation is provided, space is limited and could be full. If you’re interested in signing your kids up for a free week of camp, call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com immediately. We highly suggest that you don’t delay. If you’re providing your own transportation, please notify the Camp Wild representative when you register your kids.

If you’d like to learn more about Camp Wild or our youth ministry, Wildside, go to http://www.campwildusa.com or http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

Contact Us!

Do you have any questions or comments about our various programs & ministries?

Are you looking to donate gently used items and would like to learn more about how to schedule a pick-up?

Do you know of a man who is in need of rehabilitation or housing?

General Inquiries

Thrift Store

  • Tel: 301.739.1114 (Hagerstown)
  • Tel: 717.263.9345 (Chambersburg)

Donation Scheduling & Information

  • Tel: 301.739.1165

Men’s Ministry / Foundations Life Recovery / Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation

Soup Line / Food Pantry / Food Bank Program

Family Assistance Program (clothing, household items, etc.)

  • Tel: 301.739.1165

Wildside Youth Ministries / Camp Wild / Sunday Night Wild

Volunteer Info